Frequently asked questions
How can counselling and psychotherapy help me?
People seek professional therapy for different reasons. Anyone from any walk of life, status, religion, at times can experience some form of psychological or emotional distress in their life, sometimes on an ongoing or intermittent basis, or taking us by surprise suddenly. Others can struggle with behavioural problems that they just cannot seem to overcome alone. For whatever reason you decide to come to therapy and your personal expectations, the experience will differ for everyone.
What issues can counselling and psychotherapy help with?
Therapy can help with many issues that someone may go through at some point in their life, some of which include:
- Addiction Support Therapy
- Anger Management
- Anxiety, Stress and Panic Attacks
- Bereavement, Grief and Loss
- Bullying and Harrassment
- Childhood Issues, Abuse and Trauma
- Conflict Resolution
- Coping with Chronic Illness
- Depression / Emotional Crisis
- Psychological or Emotional Distress
- Family Issues
- Marriage / Relationship / Sexual issues
- Personal Growth / Self-Esteem / Confidence
- Post-natal Depression
- Separation / Divorce
- Suicide prevention / Self-harm
How can I book an appointment?
You can arrange an appointment by contacting me using any of the methods below:
Telephone/Text: 086 109 7247
Complete the contact form on this website.
What will happen at the first assessment/consultation appointment?
The assessment consultation involves completing some online therapy assessment forms. These forms are CBT scales (CORES-OM) measuring your general well-being, anxiety levels and depression symptoms levels, based on how you have felt in the last week, and a client intake form. These forms will be either texted or emailed to you, for completion online prior to the consulation appointment. Please allow yourself about 20-30 minutes to complete and submit the forms.
During the appointment, we will discuss together what you are looking for from therapy, and how we might work together, explore your expectations, the therapy process, and set therapy goals.
This usually takes about 30 minutes.
How long do sessions last?
All sessions last for one hour. Except for the assessment consultation appointment which takes about 30 minutes, there are online forms for you to complete prior to this appointment, which will take you about 20-30 minutes to complete.
It is the client's responsibility to ensure that they arrive on time for all appointments, as time cannot be made up at the end of sessions.
Do I need to bring anything?
Only yourself is necessary to bring to our sessions.
For CBT therapy, it will be helpful to bring a notepad and pen as this will involve some tasks, challenges to do during sessions, and at home to practice skills and the learning experience from sessions. Often worksheets to supplement the work are explored in sessions, or for use between sessions. These wil be either texted or emailed to you. It may be a requirement for you to bring in any supplemental work completed at home to the next session.
The most important thing for you to bring, is anything that helps you to feel comfortable and relax.
How many sessions do I need?
The profession recommends that a new client meet with a new therapist intially for 6 sessions. This is a recommendation, on the basis that it takes time for the therapeutic relationship to build, as a guide, you should feel some benefit from coming to our sessions within 6 sessions. Some clients feels the benefit in less than 6 sessions, it is a unique experience for everyone, and it is not obligatory for you to attend 6 sessions.
CBT therapy is suggested to last between 6-21 sessions depending upon the complexity of the issue. Regularly reviewing sessions is part of the CBT process, and client feedback is important to help us both ensure that the goals set are being worked towards effectively.
I will review our therapy progress every 6 sessions using the therapy assessment forms we competed at the consultation. These assessment forms help to benchmark your progress. At the review, we can discuss together how we feel therapy has helped, any other direction that you would like to take, or is there anything we have missed. This review is an opportunity for you to take control of the direction you want therapy to go. Guiding me how I can best help you in your therapeutic goals, allowing me to refine the therapy to continually evolve to suit your individual needs, working together in a safe and confidential environment.
How often do I need to come to sessions?
Our sessions will be weekly for one hour, and can be every second week if you have been in therapy for some time and have nearly reached a desired point in your expectations/goals of therapy.
Therapy is most beneficial when attended on a weekly basis to maintain the therapeutic process, but can be attended every 2 weeks if it is more preferrable for financial or work comittment reasons.
How much do sessions cost?
The assessment consultation is €40.00
All sessions thereafter are €60.00
There is the option to pay for a group of 6 sessions in advance for €300.00
(6 sessions for the price of 5 sessions)
Fees are paid either in cash or by cheque (currently no card payment facilities available), PayPal, Revolut or bank transfer.
Receipts can be provided at the end of therapy, with a full statement of account of all sessions attended and paid for upon request.